Before Malcolm Turnbull turned into a “jobs and growth” robot, he was all about the ideas boom, innovation agility, general excitement. The excitement does continue, especially for one start-up that has gone from being on Border Force’s most wanted to being first in line to a government program in San Francisco. Our colleagues at Startup Smart report:

“The Australian startup that had its co-founder deported for lying about picking fruit for three months is the first company to receive a spot in one of the Turnbull government’s lucrative global landing pads. (rebranded from just Disrupt) has received a 90-day spot in theRocketSpace accelerator in San Francisco as part of the $11.2 million landing pad program, co-founder Gary Elphick says.

The company’s COO Chris Bailey was deported in March after he lied on visa forms about having completed three months of regional work in order to extend his holiday visa.

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At the time, Elphick said the startup, which is turning over more than 1 million annually, would be forced to entirely relocated its operations out of Australia, and has already been offered assistance from multiple countries.

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